McKee Announces 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge Finalists

Students will compete for $12,000 in scholarships on May 18th at the New England Institute of Technology.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor Dan McKee today announced the finalists of Rhode Island’s 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge, a business pitch competition that allows high school students to compete for $12,000 in scholarships.

Five student teams from across Rhode Island will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges at a final competition on Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich. The five finalists are:

  • Providence Detailing by Alejandro Martinez and Laila Martin, The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center
  • BrickLay by Thomas Jefferson, La Salle Academy
  • Climate Cuff by Jack Holmgren, Rob Ayers and Cole Batista, East Greenwich High School
  • Digi-Sticker by Alfred Timperley, East Greenwich High School
  • Twin Skin by Kate and Kristianna Lapierre, North Smithfield High School

The students’ business pitches will be judged by a group of local millennials who have business experience including Carlos Ventura, CEO of Feast and Fettle; Audrey Finocchiaro, Co-Founder of The Nitro Cart and Christine DiBiase, Corporate and Real Estate Attorney at Orson and Brusini.
“Our competition challenges students to create, innovate and think seriously about pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams here in Rhode Island. For the second year in a row, students accepted that challenge and blew us away with their thoughtfulness and passion for business,» said Lt. Governor McKee. «I want to thank all of our applicants for their bold ideas. Best of luck to our finalists.»

The final competition is free and open to the public. Rhode Islanders can reserve a seat online at

The challenge is sponsored by the Credit Unions of Rhode IslandMassey & Associates Inc., and Dr. Day Care. The event is hosted in partnership with Millennial Rhode Island.

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